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Discover the Book - Apr. 19, 2009

  • 2009 Apr 19
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Humility, Worship and our Adversary the Devil

 

We are God's servants and living a life that worships God. But while we are living a life of worship we are being stalked by the most deadly and harmful predator in existence. His name is Satan and he is our Adversary. His goal is to devour us, making us stop serving and worshiping God. 

That is the warning we see in God's Word. And what does God say is our protection from being devoured? Of all things it is HUMILITY! Open with me again to I Peter 5. 

1 Peter 5:5-9 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 

The word Peter uses for "humility" is Strong's # 5012 tapeinophrosune { tap-i-nof-ros-oo'-nay} =  having a humble opinion of one's self,  a deep sense of one's littleness, modesty, humility, lowliness of mind.

Resisting the devil starts with humility (a deep sense of my littleness and God's greatness); when you resist pride you are resisting the devil's foothold in your life. Isn't it amazing that the two most pointed passages about believers and pride also include a warning about spiritual warfare? Both James 4 and this passage in Peter, cite the devil and his constant warfare against us in the context of pride. 

Pride opens the door of our lives to the devouring influence of Satan. 

Pride makes me always do things my way; and often do them without first consulting with God by prayer. That is the essence of self-driven rather than Spirit-led ministry. Waiting upon the Lord is abandoned and the energy of the flesh takes over; like blood in the water to sharks—so pride in the life of a believer is to the Devil.  

Are you resisting the devil? Only if you are walking through life clothed in humility. 

Humility not only closes the door to the prowling devil, it opens the door to worship. Nothing is more powerful about humility than the increased freedom in worship.  

Remember how Paul described true believers as humble-worshipers? Those two, humility and worship seem to be tied. Look at Philippians 3:3

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 

When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well in John 4, what did He say that God was seeking? Worshipers! 

And when we get to the end of all things in Revelation, what does the Bible show us doing forever? Worshiping! 

The conclusion of God's Word says all of us born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ be doing what one thing forever around God's Throne? Yes, endlessly offering humbly-adoring, reverently-lifted worship! 

The atmosphere of Heaven is always servant-hearted, submission-prompted, humility-clothed worship.  

Let those word pictures settle into your heart for a moment: the atmosphere of Heaven is always servant-hearted, submission-prompted, humility-clothed worship.  

As a gathered body of believers in Christ's church, let's review each of those precious scenes describing our everlasting occupation from the last book of God's Word. Start with me in Revelation 1:17.  

When John first sees Jesus as He is forever in Heaven, what is his response?  

Immediate, collapsed-prostration of himself at Christ's feet, face down, unmoving as if dead! That is as humble a position as the human body is able to get! 

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 

So as soon as John sees the Glorified and Majestic Christ of Heaven, he makes an immediate, collapsed-prostration of himself at Christ's feet, face down, unmoving as if dead! Again, for emphasis--that is as humble a position as the human body is able to get! 

Moving past chapters 2-3 and the seven letters to the seven specific, literal churches of Asia Minor in Century One (and by the wonder of the inspired Scriptures, to all of us believers through all the ages since)—and arrive at God's Throne, the epicenter of the Universe, in Revelation chapter 4. 

Take a moment and read the description of the atmosphere of Heaven, the protocol God expects, the reverence John describes, and note that worship clothed in humility is the way worship is offered and received in the place where Jesus is magnified and adored.  

Read Rev 4:1-11 . 

Now, with you Bibles open, and maybe a pen or pencil in hand, join me as I trace through the entire book of Revelation the gift God seeks from each of us which I call humility clothed worship.

  • Worship clothed in humility is the description of the atmosphere of Heaven;
  • Worship clothed in humility is the protocol God expects;
  • Worship clothed in humility is the reverence John describes, and
  • Worship clothed in humility is the way worship is offered and received in the place where God is magnified and adored.  

 

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